"I'm just tryin' to keep everything in balance, Woodrow. You do more work than you got to, so it's my obligation to do less."
On being lazy:
"Well I'm glad I ain't scared to be lazy"
On being rude:
"I hate rude behavior in a man. I won't tolerate it." .... Woodrow Call
On living an honest life:
"Gus McCrae: You know how it works Jake, you ride with an outlaw, you die with an outlaw. I'm sorry you crossed the line.
“If you want one thing too much it’s likely to be a disappointment. The healthy way is to learn to like the everyday things, like soft beds and buttermilk—and feisty gentlemen.”
On past regrets:
“Yesterday's gone on down the river and you can't get it back.”
“I'm glad I've been wrong enough to keep in practice. . . You can't avoid it, you've got to learn to handle it. If you only come face to face with your own mistakes once or twice in your life
it's bound to be extra painful. I face mine every day--that way they ain't usually much worse than a dry shave.”
On self harm:
“He had known several men who blew their heads off, and he had pondered it much. It seemed to him it was probably because they could not take enough happiness just from the sky and the moon
to carry them over the low feelings that came to all men.”
On unrequited love:
“I think its a sickness to grieve too much for those who never cared a fig for you.”
On life's meaning:
“The hardest thing on earth is choosing what matters”